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Signs for the New Year

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The beginning of a new year is such a curious mix of hopes and expectations. You say, hear, or read "Happy New Year!" more often than anyone could count, and the hope is certainly there that the new year will bring happiness.

This new year is no exception. Some have high hopes, while others are guardedly optimistic, at best. There are a number of signs that things will look very different at the end of this year. Even the new president whose campaign mantra was "hope and change" has said often recently that the economic picture is very grave, and could be for a long time to come. Time will tell. May whatever unfolds during this new year draw us closer to the One who offers real hope and change.

Even though there are signs of difficult days ahead, I have another kind of sign to share as today's instant vacation. Here's a baker's dozen of them that have accumulated in that folder on my computer.

I think this one was meant to be about the environment....

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I guess all you'd have left would be your appendages....

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This looks rather ominous....

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I've never seen a notebook explained in this way....

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I wonder what this sign is meant to communicate....

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I'm told that this is from an Italian filling station....

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I wonder where one can find the pegulations mentioned below....

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I'm not sure how quickly these "sale" items will clear....

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This French teacher is wondering what "relooking" is exactly....

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Hope your [sic] not looking for Candid Camera here....

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I wonder what spelling bee champ Micheal (Michael?) thought of these congratuladons....

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I've had some woefully tasteless coffee myself....

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Maybe they're putting on the dog instead....

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When our grandson Drew was here this week, we saw a number of signs that he enjoyed his baths - like tidal waves in our bathroom!

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Becka's blog

Well, for those of you who have been hoping that my wife would start her own blog, it has happened! Her not-so-young geek worked on it quite a while yesterday to get everything in place. You can check it out at http://beckasblog.ivman.com I've put a link in my sidebar also. Her blog comes complete with an RSS feed and a posts-by-e-mail option. She's got lots of ideas and plenty of new fodder, as you will seen in today's post.


"We must beg God for humble hearts so that we may receive His wisdom." - Dr. Chris Barney

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Wishing you all a very Happy New Year 2009!

A New Year's resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.

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8 Comments on “Signs for the New Year”

  1. #1 Deb
    on Jan 1st, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    Hi Rob ~ Well, of course you know I liked the last paragraph in your post. 🙂 I’m thrilled that Becka decided to give it a shot with her own blog! Her posts have been very interesting, and my daughters and I are looking forward to some great recipes and other neato bloggy stuff! Thanks for encouraging her to guest blog.

  2. #2 Carrie
    on Jan 1st, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    It’s always a little scary when you can’t figure out what the sign means. Kind of like the one that says, “DANGER! Beware of”.

  3. #3 Laura
    on Jan 2nd, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    I think those are some of the funniest signs you’ve posted yet! I laughed particularly hard at the Chinese restaurant one. Also, a Korean friend of mine says that the correct translation of “tasteless” coffee should be “mild” or “weak” coffee. 🙂

  4. #4 Rob
    on Jan 2nd, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    @Deb – I knew you would be pleased to read that Becka is now going to be blogging. She has many ideas of posts to do in the near future. In fact, she’s on the other computer writing a post that will go up shortly.

    @Carrie – I agree. It’s kind of like trying to understand messages over the (not-always)-loudspeaker in the airport that are sometimes reminiscent of Charlie Brown’s teacher. “Wawawa DANGER! Wawawa IMMEDIATELY!”

    @Laura – I’m glad that you enjoyed the signs. I saw some really interesting signs in China, but I often didn’t think to capture them with our digital camera. Concerning the “tasteless coffee” I thought maybe it was coffee that was not flavored. (Such as nothazelnut, French vanilla, or any other of the flavored coffees available. “Mild” and “weak” aren’t nearly as fun as tasteless. 😀

  5. #5 Dave
    on Jan 4th, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    This post reminds me of a blog I check from time to time, I think you may enjoy it…


  6. #6 Rob
    on Jan 4th, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    @Dave – I just did a quick tour of the site and will explore it at greater length soon. It definitely looks “interesting.” Actually I think I will love it since the wrong use of apostrophes and unnecessary use of quotation marks seems to be an epidemic out of control these days.

  7. #7 Michael
    on Jan 4th, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    Here’s a selection from the Chinese take out menu I have at home.

    “We use only the finest ingredents and the freshest vegetable and seafood. That each season has to offer. So try to be a little adventure.”

    I anticipate discovering what it means to be “relooking”.

  8. #8 Rob
    on Jan 4th, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    @Michael – Maybe you could be a relooking adventure.